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natalie-kijurna   Hello!

I hope you're having a wonderful week!  It's been BEAUTIFUL in Hobart over the last few days, and we're really feeling the summer weather. 

In case you might not have noticed, the Job Drawer took a break last week.  I was busy preparing for College of Court Reporting's visit from our accrediting body the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS) which took place on Wednesday and Thursday of this week.  We have not had an accreditation visit for seven years and there was much to prepare.  In fact, the preparation for this visit started well over a year ago.

But, in spite of all the anxiety, angst, nail-biting, sweating, screaming, crying (and that was just from me the first morning...lol just kidding!!) I'm thrilled to report that the visit went very well!!  In fact, the accreditation team even went so far as to throw around phrases like "premiere court reporting school" and "if this were my school, I'd be elated" when speaking to us about CCR.  So, YAY, TEAM CCR!!! 

I would also like to personally thank each and every one of you for being a CCR alumnus.  It means a lot to us that you chose our school and then put your nose to the grindstone and finished out your course of study, no matter the roadblocks that might have been thrown in your way.  I sincerely don't want you to think I'm just blowing smoke when I say that we wouldn't be who we are without our students and our alumni who challenge us, push us, and dare us to be the very best.  It's because of you that we keep moving forward to improve our existing programs and build new programs such as ev360 Ultimate.  I know I speak for all the administrators and staff when I thank you for being on the front lines every day showing the world what CCR alumni are capable of in the profession of court reporting.  And, for those of you who might not be exactly where you want to be yet, we applaud you for your tenaciousness and determination in working towards your goals.  I want to specifically thank the alumni that might have spoken directly to an ACICS team member over the last two days.  Your participation in this process was appreciated more than you know.

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natalie-kijurna  Hello! Welcome to my weekly musings about career, motivation, passion, life! by Natalie Kijurna

 

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Kelly Olhausen, a CCR graduate, was featured in an Arizona newspaper last month. The article is about how standing up at work can greatly improve your health. Kelly talks about her standing desk, why she needed it, and how it has improved her life.


We spend a lot of money every year trying to figure out how to get healthier. But the answer could be very simple, even when you're on the job. Just stand up.

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Student Spotlight:
Rob Leifer is a current transfer student at CCR, and his mother, Ellen, is a court reporter in Denver. We wanted to know more about Rob and what got him into this profession.

 

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CCR Celebrates TV/Movie Character Day during National Court Reporting and Captioning Week!

 

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CCR Celebrates Red, White, and Blue Day during National Court Reporting and Captioning Week!

 

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College of Court Reporting joins third annual nationwide effort recognizing professionals, career opportunities in stenographic court reporting and captioning

                                                                                               

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In the fact that she is blind, Kayde Rieken is unlike most other students. Even though she has to do things differently than other students, she is still progressing and deals with the same challenges that other court reporting students face. Conducting an interview with her was a pleasure, and her answers were very informative as to how she progresses in the program.

 

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In 1984, Kay Moody made a life-changing decision.  That was the year she decided to take matters into her own hands and start College of Court Reporting (CCR) - no small task considering she had four children and money was tight.  But, undaunted, she unselfishly brought three students into her living room and started teaching.  Fast forward 30 years.  Today, College of Court Reporting’s President is her son, Jeff Moody, and Kay is in retirement.  Okay, even Kay will tell you that’s not entirely true.  Her expertise is too important not to have her involved in the day-to-day operations, but she’s supposed to be in retirement.  Maybe.  Someday.

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Written by Natalie Kijurna

 

To understand where I’m coming from, you need to understand a little bit about where I’ve been.  I’ve been in the law business for almost 16 years.  I started law school in 1998 and, after graduation, I worked for two Chicago law firms for about five years.  I then decided I needed a change, so I ended up moving into academia. 

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Hobart, IN--College of Court Reporting (CCR) is proud to announce that one of its very own students is the recipient of the ILCRA Student Scholarship Essay Contest. In order to receive this scholarship, the nominee must meet a specific list of criteria, which includes successfully transcribing five minutes of testimony at 160 words per minute, currently attending an Illinois court reporting school or is an Illinois resident attending an out-of-state court reporting school, and composing an essay on the topic of “The Probable Secret of Success in Court Reporting School.” The 2014 recipient was Amy Krueger.

 

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The College of Court Reporting awarded almost $21,000 in professional scholarships to nine recent graduates. This purpose of the scholarship is for College of Court Reporting graduates to enhance realtime skills, obtain professional certification, continue education, and purchase equipment/software.  CCR was able to provide this scholarship through the 2012 Training for Realtime Writers Grant it received from the U.S. Department of Education (DOE).

 

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1. Where do you currently reside (city, state, country)?

I live in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

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The following is a brief interview with Margaret Abernathy, a high-speed student currently completing her internship. If you are wondering about what to expect when you get out in the real world, you'll want to read this:


Where are you interning and is there anyone that you're directly job shadowing?

I am currently interning under Porter County Superior Court II's official reporter, Alice Hadden.

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The National Court Reporters Association (NCRA) is launching a new campaign to promote "awareness of captions and advocate for the increased need for accurate, understandable, and timely captions." The movement will not only help those in need of captions but also protect the industry that provides them.

For those of us who hear well, it's easy to forget about why closed captioning matters. On the other hand, individuals with hearing impairments and language barriers know why strong court reporters and accurate captions are necessary.

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Kay Moody and studentHobart, IN—College of Court Reporting (CCR) is about to reach its 30th year of operation. Kay Moody (pictured standing with a student to the right), founder of the college, never dreamed that what started as a small school in her home could have turned into the online innovator CCR is today. With over 250 online and onsite students, CCR would now like to invite the community to see what their support has allowed the CCR family to contribute to education.

Over the years, the college has revised its curriculum to meet the high demands of today’s technology. CCR teaches all the courses necessary for a court reporting career, and students also have the opportunity to enroll in additional courses for broadcast captioning or communication access realtime translation (CART) reporting, which aids the deaf and hard-of-hearing. The school’s growth is largely attributed to its ability to innovate and develop instruction with technology in mind.

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To graduate from College of Court Reporting, students must complete a 60-hour internship at their local courthouse or court reporting firm. The following is an interview with Angel McCullough, a CCR student who is currently completing her professional semester. Here is what she had to share about this crucial component in court reporting education:

Where are you interning and is there anyone that you're directly job shadowing?
I am currently interning at the Federal Court in Hammond, Indiana. I am shadowing Rich Ehrlich, a very seasoned and amazing reporter.

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1. Where do you currently reside (city,state)?
I currently reside in West Chester, PA.It’s about 25 miles outside of Philadelphia.


2. Why did you decide to come to court reporting school?
I received my bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and began working full-time at the courthouse. I was occasionally clerking hearings and loved being in the courtroom. I wanted to work in court on a regular basis, but I never wanted to be a lawyer. One day I was sitting next to the court reporter and thought, “Hey, I can do that.” The rest is history.

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In preparation for the NCRA Registered Professional Reporter (RPR) skills examination and to educate all CCR students on the importance of certification, CCR will be offering RPR preparation speedbuilding classes for all SH levels on the dates listed below. The speedbuilding classes will be held on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. during our regularly scheduled Live I-class speedbuilding classes at all speed levels. All sessions are available through Blackboard Collaborate/Elluminate. All sessions will be archived for those that cannot attend live.

WEEK OF October 21: The dictation will be as follows on Monday, October 21; Tuesday, October 22; Thursday, October 24; and Friday, October 25:
9:00 to 9:50 - Literary
10:00 to 10:50 – Q.A./Two-Voice Testimony
11:00 to 11:50 – Jury Charge

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